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This course will enhance your knowledge of social work theory and legislation, apply your learning to practice, and then develop your critical and analytical skills as a qualified practitioner. The subject matter is interdisciplinary, derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. It includes an embedded, professionally qualifying Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work which, subject to meeting the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration requirements, is a qualifying award for social workers in England and, subject to conditions, in Scotland by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Key features of the course

  • Apply your learning in practice through work placements in a healthcare setting. These placements are required to complete some modules and should be provided by your employer. 
  • Includes a residential weekend, face-to-face workshops, two work-based placements and a project that will be of immediate benefit to your practice
  • Equips you to engage in critical and reflective professional practice, according to the Standards for Social Work Education and Codes of Practice and Conduct for the nation in which you train
  • Explores ways to share your improved practice more widely


To gain this qualification you require:

180 credits from the following compulsory modules which must be studied in the order listed below:

Developing social work practice (K832)

Advancing social work practice (K833)

Transforming professional practice (KXK829)

Visit the MA in Social Work page on the Open University website for more details!




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